The University of Edinburgh has entered a partnership with Echo360, an academic video platform designed to improve the student experience by leveraging technology to drive deeper engagement with learning content.
Their product is used by over 3m students in 30 countries, with the new partnership announced after a vigorous evaluation process conducted by the University. The cloud-based programme supports automated recording of lectures, keeping the administrative burden and barriers to staff participation low. In addition to watching lecture recordings on demand, students can ask questions, bookmark important content, take time-synced notes during lectures, and engage with lecturers and peers – all from a device, tablet, or computer.
Anne-Marie Scott, Deputy Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services at University of Edinburgh, said: “Every day, our students and academic colleagues push boundaries through world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. Similarly, we at the University seek to constantly evolve the academic experience for students. Echo360’s innovative approach to lecture capture pairs sound teaching practice with high quality video and analytics, creating new opportunities for meaningful learning experiences.”
Echo360 also compiles data generated from student usage of the software, providing instructors with better insight into how they are engaging with course content and progressing through the class.
“Video is a fundamental aspect of today’s post-secondary experience, and forward thinking universities are recognising its importance in shaping the future of teaching and learning,” said Fred Singer, CEO and founder of Echo360. “We’re excited to partner with the University of Edinburgh, one of the most innovative universities in the world, to deploy a next-generation learning capture system that will serve as the go-to model for academic video for years to come.”
The University of Edinburgh will begin using Echo360 in September 2017, with campus-wide implementation to be completed by September 2019.